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08 May 2018

Mayor delighted with dairy decision


Cr Jenny O'Connor

The Indigo Shire Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said today she was delighted with the news that the former Murray Goulburn factory at Kiewa would be kept in production by its new owners.

"This is a great outcome for the workers and a tremendous relief to the entire Kiewa-Tangambalanga community," Cr O'Connor said.

"It is a testament to the quality of the workforce and to the determination of the Saputo leadership to being good corporate citizens.

"It has always been important to Indigo Shire Council that our excellent dairy producers have access to manufacturing facilities close to their farms, and we are happy that a long and stressful period in their lives has reached some certainty.

"We have met with the Saputo team and look forward to working with them for the long run to benefit both them and the residents and ratepayers of Indigo Shire.

"Finally, my sincere congratulations to all those who have worked long and hard to achieve this fair and far-sighted outcome -- the unions, the residents, our own Council staff and the dairying community, and of course our friends at Saputo."

Saputo (www.saputo.com) is a Canadian firm established by the Saputo family in 1954. It is Canada's largest cheese producer. In April, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approved Saputo's $1 billion takeover of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative, Australia's largest dairy processor, after Murray Goulburn had planned to close its facilities in Kiewa.

On Monday afternoon Saputo told workers on the cream cheese line that they would keep their jobs.

"We are pleased to confirm the Kiewa processing site will remain open," Saputo board chairman and chief executive Lino Saputo said.

 



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For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor
Email mayor@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Phone 0417 126 409